UK Performance Indicators Index
UK Performance Indicators in higher education
Governance of UK Performance Indicators
Guide to UKPIs
Summary tables and charts
Notes to tables
Definitions of terms
Changes to the UKPIs
Widening participation of under-represented groups (tables T1, T2)
Widening participation of students who are in receipt of DSA (table T7)
Non-continuation rates (including projected outcomes) (tables T3, T4, T5)
Non-continuation rates - technical details (tables T3)
Projected outcomes - technical details (tables T5)
Module completion rates (table T6)
Research output (table R1)
Employment of leavers (table E1)

UK Performance Indicators provide comparative data on the performance of HE providers in widening participation, student retention, learning and teaching outcomes, research output and employment of graduates. They cover publicly-funded higher education providers in the UK and one privately funded institution, The University of Buckingham.

HESA produce the performance indicators on behalf of the following bodies:

    HEFCE      HEFCW

    SFC       DELNI

HESA has published the UK Performance Indicators since 2002/03. In previous years, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published them on behalf of the four UK funding bodies. Indicators prior to 2002/03 are available from the HEFCE web site at

The specification for the production of the indicators is determined by the UK Performance Indicators Steering Group (UKPISG). The membership of this group is drawn from government departments, the funding councils and representative bodies. The role of UKPISG is to oversee the implementation, management and ongoing development of the UK Performance Indicators for HE providers through the advice it provides to the UK funding bodies and other relevant bodies. Through the advice it provides, the UK Performance Indicators Technical Group (UKPITG) will support the UKPISG in its role. For more information, see the terms of reference. Enquiries regarding UKPISG should be directed to Mark Gittoes at HEFCE.

A fundamental review of the UK Performance Indicators (UKPIs) was completed in 2013. For further information on the outcomes of the review please see The UK Performance Indicators Steering Group (UKPISG) first invited comment on changes to the UKPIs in December 2013, and has since agreed a series of next steps and further proposals. An update on three of the matters outlined in these previous communications – the coverage and scope of the UKPIs, UKPIs for widening participation and UKPIs for research output – has been provided at,172015/. An in-depth review process of the UKPIs relating to widening the higher education participation of under-represented groups is currently underway. Having made progress with this review, UKPISG is able to confirm the discontinuation of the UKPI based on National Statistics Social Economic Classifications 4 to 7. The indicator will appear for the last time in the 2016 publication of the widening participation UKPIs: it will not be published in 2017 and subsequent UKPI publications. For more details, please refer to the section on widening participation of under-represented groups.

Following discussions at the UK Performance Indicators Steering and Technical Groups, it was agreed that the widening participation indicators 2014/15 would be published in advance of the other indicators. The UK Performance Indicators 2014/15 will therefore be released in 3 tranches as follows:
Widening participation: Thursday 4 February 2016, 09:30
Non-continuation rates: Wednesday 23 March 2016, 09:30
Employment indicators: Thursday 7 July 2016, 09:30

Main tables and definitions Supporting documentation
Widening participation of under-represented groups (T1, T2).
Percentage of undergraduate students from state schools or colleges, specified
socio-economic classes and low-participation neighbourhoods.
Coverage of the UK Performance Indicators (UKPIs) and their purpose.
Widening participation of students who are in receipt of DSA (T7).
Percentage of undergraduate students who are in receipt of Disabled Students’
Guide to PIs
A "plain English" guide to what the PIs are and what they mean.
Non-continuation rates (T3, T4, T5).
Non-continuation rates of undergraduate students, including projected outcomes.
Summary tables and charts
A round-up of findings of this year's UKPIs.
Module completion rates (T6).
Pass rates of part-time undergraduate students at Welsh HE providers.
Notes to tables
Numbered notes which are referenced in the tables.
Research output (R1).
Four indicators of annual research output.
Information on changes to the UKPIs over the years.
Employment of leavers (E1).
Percentage of leavers who say they are working or studying (or both).
Technical information on how the benchmarks are calculated.


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